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Preface: Belonging and transgression

Hanrahan, MMC; (2017) Preface: Belonging and transgression. Tropos , 4 (1) , Article 8. 10.14324/111.2057-2212.074. Green open access

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Abstract

Belonging and transgression: the intuition at the core of this volume that these two concepts in some sense belong together seems particularly opportune today. The current moment of historical change at which the Western world – and Europe in particular – finds itself is driven not only by external challenges to its borders and structures (migratory movements, globalisation, etc.) but also from ‘within’ by a crisis of belonging developing largely, though not uniquely, in response to these. What it means to belong is manifestly very much a live issue, at a number of different levels. First, ‘belongings’ in the sense of possessions raises the question of property and ownership, and thus of rights. When something that used to belong to us is felt no longer to do so, or when someone felt not to belong crosses a boundary (the standard dictionary definition of ‘transgression’), the shift in the border between ‘ours’ and ‘theirs’, between ‘ours’ and ‘yours’, is often experienced not just as a loss but as a theft, the infringement of a right. Second, an uncertainty about what we belong to is arguably even more destabilising than one concerning what belongs to us. It would be hard to exaggerate the importance played by ‘belonging’, in the meaning of feeling part of a greater whole, a shared togetherness, in the constitution of one’s sense of identity.

Type: Article
Title: Preface: Belonging and transgression
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2057-2212.074
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.2057-2212.074
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017, The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Belonging, transgression, Tropos
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558882
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